4 Dec 2010

OED takes stance on pavlova recipe

10:51 am on 4 December 2010

The Oxford English Dictionary may have settled a long-running argument between Australia and New Zealand over who invented the pavlova.

The meringue dessert was named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, who visited both countries in the 1920s.

Many Australians and New Zealanders both claim to have cooked the first pavlova.

But in its relaunched online edition, the Oxford Dictionary says the first recorded recipe appeared in New Zealand in 1927.

The BBC reports this was in a book called Davis Dainty Dishes, published by the Davis Gelatine company, and it was a multi-coloured jelly dish.

New Zealanders claim the meringue version also originated there, with recipes for it appearing in publications in 1928 and 1929.

The Australian claim centres on a recipe by Bert Sachse, a chef in Perth, Western Australia, but that is believed to date from around 1935.